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  • Fed-OSHA seeks suggestions for strengthening VPP

    Fed-OSHA is holding a stakeholder meeting July 17, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the future direction of its Voluntary Protection Programs. The agency’s aim is to “reshape VPP so that it continues to represent safety and health excellence, leverages partner resources, further recognizes the successes of long-term participants, and supports smart program growth.” Fed-OSHA is […]

  • Cal/OSHA Seeks Huge Penalties in Refinery Explosion

    The Division of Occupational Safety and Health has cited ExxonMobil Refining for 19 alleged violations following an investigation into the February 18 explosion at the company’s Torrance refinery. The incident only slightly injured four workers, but investigators concluded that management had been aware of hazardous conditions at the unit in question, yet took no steps […]

  • Standards Board Finally Gets Seats Filled

    Gov. Jerry Brown has reappointed four current members of the Cal/OSH Standards Board and named two new members to Cal/OSHA’s rulemaking body. The appointments are being said to provide both stability and new faces to the board. The newly appointed members are Robert Blink, 62, of San Francisco, and John Sacco, 60, of Rocklin. Both […]

  • Short Window to Comment on Heat Illness Guidance

    Do you have questions about Cal/OSHA’s new revisions to the heat illness prevention regulation? Do you want the Division of Occupational Safety and Health to address your ideas and concerns in its updated guidance document on the regulation? You have to act fast – before Friday, March 6 if you want to weigh in. DOSH […]

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    10 healthcare organizations suspending COVID-19 vaccination mandates

    Hospitals and health systems are suspending COVID-19 vaccination mandates amid a temporary halt of the CMS mandate for healthcare employees. The mandate requires healthcare employees to be fully vaccinated by January 4. Becker’s Hospital Review

     

    Trench collapse kills Colorado employee near Breckenridge

    A 20-year-old employee was killed and his colleague partially buried in a trench collapse in mid-November near Breckenridge, Colorado. Fed-OSHA is investigating. A steel box meant to protect against a trench collapse reportedly was not in use when emergency responders arrived at the scene. Summit Daily

     

    Employee dead after accident at Tennessee industrial plant

    An employee of an industrial plant in Clarksville, Tennessee is dead following an accident that took place at the plant last Wednesday. TOSHA is investigating. NewsChannel 5 (Nashville)

     

    Nevada OSHA may look into mask compliance at rodeo

    Nevada OSHA is looking into a referral it received regarding a lack of masking compliance at the National Finals Rodeo companion Western-themed gift show, according to a state official. Compliance by both vendors and show-goers reportedly was scarce at Cowboy Christmas’ opening night Wednesday at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Las Vegas Review-Journal

     

    Virgin Islands refinery fined $259K by Fed-OSHA

    Limetree Bay Refinery in the US Virgin Islands faces more than $259,000 in penalties proposed by Fed-OSHA for 20 alleged violations, according to the agency. Citations include failure to compile all necessary information on process equipment and technology, including relief system design, safe operating limits and consequences of deviation from those limits, and evaluate and implement controls to manage process hazards. St. Thomas Source

     

    Maine employer on trial in employee’s roofing death

    The manslaughter trial of the owner of a home improvement company is underway in Maine over the 2018 death of a roofer who was not wearing a safety harness when he fell from a three-story house in Portland. In addition to the criminal charges, the contractor faces more than $2 million in Fed-OSHA fines connected to the fatal fall and incidents at three other jobsites. He is contesting the fines. WMTW